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Utah lawmakers OK bill on 'sexting'

By , | Posted - Mar. 11, 2009 at 1:35 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah lawmakers have agreed to lessen the penalty for minors who send or receive nude pictures through their cell phones, called "sexting."

House Bill 14, sponsored by Rep. Sheryl Allen, R-Bountiful, would reduce the penalty for someone younger than 18 to a misdemeanor from a felony. Those over 18 could still face felony charges.

Sen. Gregory Bell, R-Fruit Heights, says some parents currently interfere with investigations because they don't want their children to be charged with a felony.

The bill passed the Senate on Wednesday and now goes to the governor.

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